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Can You See Yourself Having Elective Surgery?

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I won’t pretend that I have never thought about it. As I gaze at the mirror, I can find plenty of things about my body that I wouldn’t mind changing.

I would love to have my flat, pre-child stomach back. The thought of my “mommy middle” erased with the help of a surgeon in one afternoon instead of endless hours of sweating at the gym does sound tempting from time to time.

I wonder how long it would take to remove just five pounds of fat from each thigh. A little nip, a little tuck.

It seems so common. I have many friends that have already had some form of plastic surgery or are considering it.

Yes, sometimes I think about it. But I doubt that it would ever happen. I would never make that call. I would never book that consultation.

I am a big chicken when it comes to any kind of surgery. The closest I ever came was when I looked into LASIK eye surgery.

I have worn glasses since third grade. Most of my teenage and adult life, I have seen the world through contact lenses.

I have never known what it is like to wake up and not fumble for glasses. I have never been able to wake up and see.

So with much persuasion from my husband, I made an appointment to talk to an eye specialist about this procedure. Although the thought of having the surgery done made my stomach start flipping, I knew that the payoff would be great.

The thought of never again having to wear contacts or glasses would be well worth any short term discomfort or nervousness that I would experience.

I could be strong. I would be brave.

On my second appointment, I signed all the papers and put down the deposit. My hands were sweating so badly that I could hardly write down the day and time of my appointment.

I could not think about the fact that I was actually paying someone to perform an elective surgery on my eyes.

I was asked to come in prior to the surgery day so I would be prepared for what would occur and be made aware of all directions during and following the procedure.

My husband stayed in the waiting room with me until our toddler grew restless then he took him outside.

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